Learn about Chest of Drawers

Until the mid-19th century, the standard chest had either four long, or three long and two short drawers. Rarely were there any exceptions to this rule. A chest with three drawers, or a series of small upper drawers, purporting to be Georgian, will probably have been converted from a chest-on-chest or tallboy. It is true that the 18th century commode often contain two long deep drawers, but this was a much grander and more decorative piece altogether, intended for drawing rooms, not bedrooms, and in any case was usually made to stand on legs. The standard chest of drawers continued to be made throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries (some Edwardian pine chests even had bracket feet), but variations were introduced during the mid-Victorian period, with some chests having seven or more drawers usually a deep hat drawer and smaller glove compartments. Chests with barley-sugar twist or split bobbin-turned supports date from the mid-19th century.

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A c.1880 antique English mahogany chest of five drawers, original finish remains, 98 x 84 x 48 cm

A late Edwardian oak chest of five drawers, 95 x 106 x 51 cm

A French ormolu mounted five drawer marble top commode. 100 cm high, 98 cm wide, 50 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style five drawer marble top commode. 80 cm high, 13 cm wide, 64 cm deep.

An English Chippendale revival flame mahogany chest on chest with swan neck pediment fitted with two drawers below and five drawers above. 185 cm high, 116 cm wide, 58 cm deep.

A solid huon pine five drawer chest, circa1880, 136 cm high, 124 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A superb bow front mahogany chest of five drawers with spiral column decoration, 120 x 123 x 53 cm

A Federation kauri pine chest of five drawers, 113 x 110 x 50 cm

An Eighteenth century Georgian oak chest of five drawers with dressing shelf. Height 93 cm, width 95 cm, depth 53 cm

A cedar chest of five drawers on elevated bun feet with original mushroom knobs c.1870. 125 cm high, 112 cm wide, 51 cm deep

An early Victorian mahogany chest of five drawers. Height 103 cm. Width 104 cm. Depth 52 cm

An Andrew Lenehan five drawer chest, full cedar construction, stamped 'A. Lenehan', circa 1850's. 118 cm high, 111 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Antique Australian cedar chest of five drawers, standing on turned legs

A George III flame mahogany flat front chest of five drawers, two short over three full width graduated drawers, circular brass ring and plate back handles, shaped bracket feet. 101 cm x 54 cm x 108.5 cm

Antique English Regency five drawer chest of drawers, approx 104 cm high, 94 cm wide

A superb Victorian mahogany five drawer chest. 108 cm high, 106 cm wide, 53 cm deep.

A bow-fronted mahogany Georgian chest of five drawers, on bracket feet with ebony inlay

A George III oak small proportion chest of five drawers, the flat front drawers all with Victorian 'gothic' inspired handles and keyhole escutcheons. Raised on short bracket feet. 88 cm x 48 cm x 79 cm

A cedar chest of five drawers by T Whiteside & Son, Hobart Town huon pine secondary timber 115 cm high, 107 cm wide, 57 cm deep

Antique George II oak five drawer bachelor chest, shaped bracket feet, approx 79 cm high, 83 cm wide, 42 cm deep

Antique French marble topped Louis Philippe five drawer commode, approx 124 cmW x 57 cm deep, 93.5 cm high

Georgian bow front chest of five drawers. 105 cm high, 105 cm wide, 56 cm deep.

Five drawer teak chest of drawers, approx 90 cm high, 103 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A late 19th century chest of five drawers in mahogany by 'Maple & Co'

Antique English mahogany bow front chest of five drawers, approx 203 cm high, 134 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A black lacquer chest of five drawers and two cupboards. Provenance: From a private collection, Sydney

Antique Georgian mahogany chest of five drawers, standing on bracket feet

Early mahogany chest of drawers. Five drawers plus central top jewel drawer. Turned feet with side pillars. One foot detached and available. Height 120 cm. Width 120 cm. Diameter 53 cm

A quality mahognay & burr walnut chest of five drawers with wooden knobs & plinth base

A Regency mahogany bow fronted chest of five drawers, two short drawers over three graduated long drawers 105 x 52.5 x 106.5 cm

A colonial cedar chest of five drawers flanked by canted bobbin columns, mother of pearl escutcheons & porcelain knobs, Germanic

Victorian mahogany five drawer chest of drawers with large centre drawer

Victorian mahogany five drawer chest of drawers with crossbanded top & cotton reel turned corners

Good antique French figured mahogany five drawer marble topped commode, approx 98 cm high, 128 cm wide

Antique Georgian mahogany chest of five drawers, approx 107 cm high, 106 cm wide